After a long career with the Ann Arbor Police Department, Chief of Police John Seto has announced he will retire in July.

An employee of the AAPD for 25 years, Chief Seto has worked his through the ranks, holding positions of patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant, detective lieutenant, patrol shift commander and deputy chief of operations before the Ann Arbor City Council appointed him chief of police in July 2012.

In a press release from the city, City Administrator Steve Powers commended Chief Seto’s dedication to Ann Arbor.

“I’m grateful for Chief Seto’s 25 years of service and leadership to Ann Arbor,” said Powers. “Through his dedication, professionalism and commitment to public safety, he has rightfully earned the respect of his colleagues, City Council and the Ann Arbor community. We wish him and his family the very best as he moves into this next chapter in his life.”

Powers said he plans to work with Chief Seto over the next few weeks to plan a smooth transition within the AAPD.

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